Is Black Friday worth the hassle?

Friday, December 5, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Black Friday has always been mine and my mother's favorite time of year. We have attended the sales for as long as I can remember. Since then we have stood in line for discounted laptops, cameras, jeans, and video games.

The first year I went, we were in line to buy my brother a portable PlayStation. My mom told me when the store opens the doors to take off running and grab one before they all sold out. After standing in line for four hours in the freezing cold, I was determined to fight the crowd and get my brother the video game. The doors opened and I took off running, hurdling people in the process. My brother was very pleased that Christmas.

This year, as people stood in line for their discounted flat screens and Ipad minis, I noticed how early the sales are starting. My first year all of the stores opened at 4 a.m. -- this year we had to rush our Thanksgiving feast and head out to be in line at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Some people like Lewisburg native John McCall, don't believe in shopping on Black Friday.

"Never will I go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving. It is so sad to see our country getting further away from its roots. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to God for everything He has done for us. For the food He provides, for our friends and family that we have, and for His mercy and grace upon the great nation that we call home," he said.

Cornersville graduate Jessica King doesn't agree with Black Friday either and says Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what you have and the family that is still with you, not pushing and shoving to save a couple bucks on a television. She doesn't agree with making employees working on Black Friday because they are having to give up time with their families.

A former Black Friday employee Brooke Seagraves disagreed by saying it is a day for family members to bond by going shopping and the workers already know ahead of time they will have to work on that day.

Coupon shopper extraordinary and Lewisburg native Cyndie Burton took her son this year and bought him games and she got new bed sheets for her house. She said, "We had a sweet cashier, she was very young, so probably one of the college kids. I slipped her a Random Act of Kindness card and $10 and told her lunch was on us."

Being a college student, I love a chance to save a dollar, but the Black Friday deals seem to be starting earlier every year and violence has become more common in bigger stores.